Chilemba handed title chance

Isaac Chilemba has a chance to reclaim the North American Boxing Federation (Nabf) championship when he takes on Oleksandr Gvozdyk at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevad on November 19.

Earlier, the South Africa-based Malawian was supposed to meet the Ukranian in a non-title fight in the United States, but the 10-rounder has been upgraded to title fight.

“My opponent (Oleksandr Gvozdyk) currently holds the title since I lost it two fights back to Aleider Avarez. However, the belt was vacated because Aleider could not defend it in time required,” Chilemba, 29, told Kwese Sports.

“So, he [Gvozdyk] didn’t want to put it on the line in fear of losing it to me. The fight was going to be just a 10-rounder non-title fight. But the Nabf, Main Event Promotions, and my manager Jodi Solomon has pushed and forced him to put it on the line. For this, I will be the Nabf champion again on November 19.”

Chilemba (24-4-2, 10 Kos) left his South Africa base for America to be trained by Ray Jones senior, who has hailed his ward’s skill.
“Isaac is a very exciting fighter with a lot of upside.

“I am very excited to be training him and be part of his team now. I look forward to seeing much bigger and better things from him in the future. He is fighting a very good opponent so we look forward to this challenge. I can’t wait to start to work with him,” Jones told Espn.

Gvozdyk (11-0, 9 KOs) is an up-and-coming boxer who won a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympic Games and he is trained by Robert Garcia in Oxnard, California.

The Ukranian, 29, is coming from a knock-out win over Tommy Karpency in July whereas Chilemba lost on points to undefeated WBO, WBA and IBF light heavyweight world champion Sergey Kovalev in Russia.

By Kanjere

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